Eileen Saki well known by the fans for playing the role of bar owner Rosie in the popular sitcom M*A*S*H has died. She passed away at the age of 79 on May 1, 2023, Monday in Los Angeles.
The unfortunate news of Eileen’s death was confirmed by her manager Camilla Fluxman Pines. Keep scrolling further to find out the cause behind the demise of the famed actress.
What was the cause behind the death of Eileen Saki?
Not long ago, Eileen’s manager Camilla Fluxman Pines announced that the Japanese-American actress had left for the heavenly abode. She died on May 1, 2023, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
In a statement issued, her longtime manager Camilla said, “Eileen Saki passed away peacefully in Los Angeles yesterday, May 1st. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January.”
Fluxman went on to say, “She was a lung cancer survivor in 2004. She got a second chance at auditioning and working in the industry that she loved so much — she shot a couple big commercials shortly before her diagnosis.”
She further added, “She was often recognized by face or even just voice by people who knew they knew her ‘from somewhere’ — and loved talking to young actors about the journey.”
Here’s all you need to know about Eileen Saki (including her early life, acting career, and more)
The real name of the actress Eileen Saki was Minako Borgen. She was born in the year 1943 in Japan. She was noted for playing the role of Rosie in the television series M*A*S*H which aired for 11 seasons from 1972 to 1983.
Along with this, Saki also starred in other TV shows such as CHiPs, Good Times, Gimme a Break! and Without a Trace. Her film credits include History of the World, Part I, Meteor, Policewomen, and Splash.
Fans and friends mourn the loss of Eileen Saki
Eileen’s former costar Jeff Maxwell, who essayed the character of Pvt. Igor Straminsky in the CBS series paid a heartfelt tribute to her on the social networking platform Facebook. He shared a post on the official page of his MASH Matters Podcast.
He wrote, “Our sweet Eileen. Our sassy Rosie. On behalf of her husband Bob, we extend sincere appreciation for the hundreds of M*A*S*H fans who filled Eileen’s final days with peace, encouragement, and love. She read every email and responded to as many as she could. We will share more remembrances of Eileen Saki throughout the day. You are invited to do the same. Our sweet, sweet Eileen. How we love you. How we will miss you.”
One fan penned, “You will forever be in our hearts!” Followed by a second fan who penned,
“Sorry to hear of her passing. Great memories at Rosie’s.” A user chimed in, “To paraphrase Will Friedel, if we keep watching they’re never gone from us. Rest in Peace, Ms Saki. And thank you.”
Eileen Saki is survived by her husband Bob Borgen.
We send our deepest condolences to the entire family of Eileen Saki during this tragic time. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world of entertainment.